EU – Brazil cooperation

EU – Brazil cooperation

As part of the strategic partnership between the EU and Brazil launched in 2007, the Directorate-General (DG) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs organises several dialogues, features as a key speaker at Brazil-EU Business Summits, and supports an exchange scheme for entrepreneurs.

EU-Brazil Business Summits

The regular EU-Brazil Business Summits, involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are organised by business to reinforce their communication with government. DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is a key speaker. The summits report to, and are organised back-to-back with the EU-Brazil Summits, which are political in nature.

Joint statements from the summits

EU-Brazil Summits

EU-Brazil Summits are held at government level and involve heads of state. At the Seventh EU-Brazil Summit held on 24 February 2014, a Joint Statement on the inaugural meeting of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on Economic Themes (focusing on investment and competitiveness) was signed by former European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and Brazil's Foreign Affairs Minister, Luiz Alberto Figuereido. Both the EU and Brazil are developing activities to make a report during the Eighth EU-Brazil Summit, tentatively scheduled for 2015.

EU-Brazil dialogues

The aim of these dialogues is to promote sustainable development by enhancing economic, social and environmental links; to promote science, technology and innovation; and to promote investment and competitiveness.

DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs has:

  • launched pilot industrial and regulatory dialogues in the textiles and clothing, forest-based products, steel, non-ferrous metals and minerals sectors;
  • established a dialogue on SME-related matters that includes the exchange of best practices and the exchange of information on the EU and Brazil’s SME policy framework;
  • established a dialogue on tourism that explores the opportunities for sharing experience and best practice among public and private stakeholders with a specific emphasis on sustainable tourism destination management and facilitating tourism flows between Brazil and the EU;
  • established a dialogue on space that enables discussions and cooperation across a broad range of space activities, including earth observation and science, satellite communications, space science and space exploration. This dialogue will also intensify the discussions and exchange of information on European satellite navigation programmes (Galileo and EGNOS) and comparable initiatives in Brazil, and aims to conclude an international agreement on the issue.